1998 All-Baltimore City/County baseball team


Co-Coach of the Year

Chet Janiga, McDonogh: Janiga's Eagles, 12-12 last season, overcame this year's 1-5 start by winning 14 of their next 15 league games, including 10 straight, to pass several other teams in the 10-team conference and earn the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. The streak encompassed two victories over Calvert Hall and two at Mount St. Joseph. McDonogh amassed 26 hits against six different pitchers in its first couple of playoff games before being eliminated by favored Calvert Hall and then St. Joe. Janiga, in his fourth season, finished 15-9 and is 62-37 at McDonogh, where his assistants are Jim Tsouvalos, Joe Weidenbach, Larry Trout, Joe Rice and Jon Washington.

Co-Coach of the Year

Roger Wrenn, Patterson: This 24th-year coach drove his players to their fourth straight Baltimore City crown and their first in the North Region, beating perennial power Perry Hall. After that, the No. 9 Clippers (20-4) edged Greenbelt's Eleanor Roosevelt to become the city's first state finalist. The Clippers, Class 4A state runners-up to eight-time champ and Anne Arundel County power Arundel, helped raise Wrenn's career record to 362-143-2, among Maryland's best. Wrenn, also among the best in football at 162-82-2, also won four MSA titles in baseball, coached 14 minor league players and over 1,000 college players.

Player of the Year

Mark Teixeira, Mount St. Joseph, senior, infield: The switch-hitting third baseman and two-time All-Metro pick is likely the state's top pick in the June major league baseball draft, hitting 45-for-78 (.580 average) with 36 RBIs, 46 runs scored, seven doubles, a triple and 12 home runs -- tieing the state record. Teixeira has speed for his size (6-3, 220) with 16 steals and struck out only six times. Over three seasons, Teixeira, bound for Georgia Tech on a full baseball scholarship, has state records both career home runs (29) and RBIs (108, an average of over 35 per season), ranks second all-time in Maryland in runs scored (111, or over 36 per year) and has the single-season state record for walks (38), several intentionally.

The first team

Jason Bungori, Calvert Hall, senior, pitcher: er: He overcame a football knee injury, rehabbing through the winter to become the Cardinals' top pitcher at 8-1 after yesterday's title win against Mount St. Joseph. Primarily a curveball pitcher who throws in the mid-80s, Bungori had 45 strikeouts in 51 innings with 24 walks.

Jeremy Brown, McDonogh, junior, outfieler: ler: Brown hit .373 with 19 RBIs, 24 runs scored, eight doubles and a triple. Pitching, he won four games, striking out 48 in 53 innings. An athletic outfielder, Brown was at his best making a shoestring catch of a liner vs. St. Joe with two men on base and a one-run lead.

Bradd Caplan, McDonogh, senior, pitcher: The left-hander had the most league wins of any hurler through the regular season, going 9-2, including 1-1 against Mount St. Joseph. He struck out 51 batters against 26 walks in 78 innings. Caplan hit .292 with 12 RBIs, 13 runs scored, eight doubles and triple and a home run.

Chad Clarke, Patapsco, junior, infield: Clarke, a 6-foot third baseman, hit a team-high .541, ranked first with nine doubles and second with 22 each in runs scored and RBIs to help the Patriots go from 3-14 to 12-2 after losing to eventual state runner-up Lansdowne in the playoffs. Clarke had only two errors.

Shawn Fisher, Patterson, senior, infield: Fisher played shortstop, second base and pitched and was only the fourth four-year starter in Clippers' history. The repeat first-teamer hit a school-record .603 with 43 RBIs, six doubles, seven triples and five home runs. Fisher was successful on 13 of 14 steals and was intentionally walked 11 times. On the mound, Fisher was 9-1 with 51 strikeouts, 18 walks and a 1.33 ERA.

Michael Floyd, Mount St. Joseph, senior, outfield: Floyd, batting cleanup for the Gaels, batted .450 with a team-high 42 RBIs, 32 runs scored, 11 doubles, five triples and three home runs. Floyd was a preseason All-State pick.

Nick Funk, Gilman, senior, pitcher: This lefthander finished 7-3 and got the big starts for the Greyhounds, who qualified for the playoffs with a 9-8 record (seven wins from Funk). While striking out 51 batters against 18 walks in 53 innings, Funk also hit .367 with 13 RBI and two each in triples, doubles and home runs for the Greyhounds. He took Gilman as far as it could go.

Paul Kollman, Loch Raven, senior, infield: A pitcher-shortstop and repeat first-teamer, Kollman led the Raiders to their second straight region title. Batting a career-best .500, Kollman had 21 RBIs, four doubles, a triple and a home run and scored 11 runs. His 4-3 record on the mound included a win over previously unbeaten North East (then 19-0) and 38 strikeouts. Kollman's complete-game state semifinal win over Atholton would have marked the Raiders' first-ever title game berth had he not unknowingly exceeded the limit for allowable innings over seven days.

Avon Mack, Calvert Hall, senior, outfield: An All-Metro football wide receiver, Mack was perfect on steals (10-for-10), erred once, hit .380 with 18 RBIs and 29 runs scored, and had six doubles, a triple and three home runs. His numbers belied his being a first-year starter. Mack is headed for Lehigh to play football.

Brian McDonald, Patterson, senior, ouffield: field: The No. 2 hurler for the state runners-up, McDonald went 6-1 in nearly 38 innings with 47 strikeouts. At the plate, he ranked second in batting, at .371 with 17 RBIs, 30 runs scored, six doubles, a triple and a 25 bases stolen in 30 tries.

Justin Nash, Calvert Hall, senior, pitcher: Nash throws strikes (he walked only seven), and he throws hard (clocked as high as 89 mph). The 6-3 right-hander finished at 6-1 with 32 strikeouts over 39 1/3 innings. Nash hit .368 with 15 RBIs, five doubles and a home run.

Cap Poklemba, McDonogh, junior, infield: An accomplished soccer player, Poklemba hit .470 with 15 RBIs, 14 doubles and 25 runs scored. He was also successful on the basepaths, finishing 12-for-12 on steals. "Just a clutch player," said coach Chet Janiga, who replaced Poklemba's father, Al, as coach four years ago.

Chris Staub, Calvert Hall, senior, catcher: Staub had a mammoth season with a .494 batting average that includes 30 RBIs, eight doubles, a triple and five home runs. Staub also was solid defensively, committing only his second error of the season in the playoffs last Friday.

Mike Wineke, Calvert Hall, senior, infield: Wineke's .494 average included 29 RBIs, five home runs, 13 doubles, a triple and 29 runs scored. His .984 fielding percentage included only two errors.

Team selection

The Baltimore Sun 1998 All-Baltimore City/County baseball and softballteams were selected by Lem Satterfield and Kevin Eck, respectively, after consulting with The Sun staff and area coaches.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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